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Raising the Roof at Lincoln Center

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[Renderings via Lincoln Center/DS+R]

Now that the Diller-ization of Alice Tully Hall at the north edge of Lincoln Center is nearly complete, our focus turns to another equally radical change to the cultural campus. Today we're eyeing the other side of West 65th Street and the new twin-peaked restaurant rising from the North Plaza there. The steel super-structure went up this past fall and recently a big-booted crew commandeered some huge hoses to spread a messy mix of concrete across the slopes of architects Diller Scofidio & Renfro's design. Seen from a distance, one might ask, Is it a bird or is it a plane? Although the new restaurant sports wing-like extensions, this one can't begin to compete with the comparatively condor-sized Calatrava struggling to rise downtown. On a basic level the roof is simply a torqued surface, dipping here and rising there, framing views of Lincoln Center and creating the possibility for an expanse of green amidst the travertine and glass. On an even more basic level, it's a roof.
· Construction Watch: New Lincoln Center Shapes Up [Curbed]
· Lincoln Center's New-Look Alice Tully Hall, Inside and Out [Curbed]